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  1. Not functional, but there are a couple of layout options and some spare parts.
  2. This beautifully finished and detailed diecast model is from Gaincorp GCD and includes lots of photoetch detail and very fine printing. The photoetch railings require installation by the purchaser and it comes with a bag of wheel chocks and optional deck arrangements to install in the appropriate locations if 1/64 cars are to be put in place. The quality packaging and brochure lead me to believe that this model is intended as a Mercedes truck promo
  3. PGM evidently stands for 'Private Goods Model' , one of those unusual product names from China. The model is quite unbelievably detailed and the quality of assembly and finish is exemplary. My only nit would be that the wheels are a touch oversized, but I must admit they're beautifully crafted. The model comes beautifully packaged in a spiffy box with a dust protective case atop a revolving base....all very well made, including a smooth metal bearing on the revolving baseplate. The first pic shows the PGM model alongside Kyosho's 1/18 GTO
  4. The main body is from a derelict HotWheels Legends that someone had dropped on its nose, damaging the front axle, frame, etc. I'm not such a fan of that 'all hung out' over-powered genre of hot rods, and modified the body to fit onto some fenders, removing the louvres on the roof and trunklid, blending the bolt-on roof to the body, making a streetable, comfortable interior, adding a Model Car garage grille and shell with a handmade brass rad, etc. I often pick up broken toys that I think could make an interesting vehicle not available any other way and I have no allegiance to any particular material, happily using metals, plastics, rubbers, etc. in many of my models.....whatever is going to give me the best results.
  5. Jurgen, This one, like all your previous stuff is just so gorgeous! You are an absolutely first-class modeller, and your photography is exemplary. Congratulations.
  6. In the past, I haven't had much luck getting dramatic pics on dark backgrounds...partly my lack of photographic skills, and partly my basic camera's limited capability. You've seen this (last winter) model before....A traditional, chopped, Olds powered '34 Ford 5-window coupe, the body almost entirely gleaned and salvaged from my parts-bin, with some scratchbuilding as well as a lot of modifications to make various disparate parts fit together to look the way I envisioned. Anyhow, I was quite pleased how these pics turned out.
  7. I bought this old Bandai 1/16 Garrett steam roller kit at a toy show (Toronto??) well over 20 years ago and just recently, with eastern Canada's current heatwave, I finally got around to painting and building it. Its stable-mate is the similar Garrett 'Showman's Engine' which I built over 40years ago. I've painted everything, but built it box-stock, as you might expect with a subject that isn't mainstream. Bandai's mold quality was outstanding and even the decals which have been in the box for probably well over 40 years were in perfect condition. I'll probably fiddle with a few things over the next few days, but for all intent and purpose, it's now complete. Below: Shown with the Bandai/Entex Garrett 'Showman's Engine' (which I built over 40 years ago). Showman's Engines were typically used by travelling circus companies and used as prime movers as well as the generators for electric lighting, etc. They were entertaining themselves with what they called an 'exciter' causing the colored light-bulbs surrounding the top to be flashing on and off sequentially.
  8. Curt, Your Satellite looks fabulous. ...beautiful car and very nice pics as well. Your modifications to achieve the vehicle you wanted all worked out superbly. I hope you're doing fine these days. Cliff
  9. Eric, That Shoebox is just sooooo sweet! It's so tasteful and gorgeous and captures the 'LOOK' perfectly. Beautifully planned, and beautifully executed! I look forward to seeing it in person when this Covid19 episode is finally over.
  10. Every now and then, I find it pleasurable to build a model ‘box-stock’ (especially when I don’t have a lot of knowledge of this type of Japanese transport) and during these days of ‘Covid 19 social-distancing’, an Aoshima 1/32 truck kit fills the bill nicely. Aoshima truck kits are always beautifully molded with no sink-marks, and very precise location points. What makes them somewhat challenging, however, is the sheer number of miniscule, finnicky, and sometimes fragile details. The box art for this 2003 (or so) Hino Super Dolphin Profia Teravie (yes, thats the rather obtuse actual name) shows a plethora of cab chrome plated panels which, although probably optionally available on the real trucks, compromises the commercial vehicle look that I prefer. Following many internet pictures of these vehicles, I chose to paint out most of the plating, and I even decided to tone down all the plated details on the ‘Hi-Wing’ low deck van body with satin clear to look more like the anodized aluminum details on the real vehicles. The model took around two weeks of ‘stay at home’ time, and I must admit I’m pleased with the finished model.
  11. Actually, The Chinese plant built both military versions as well as civilian versions. The civilian versions were done in gloss green (probably enamel at that time) and although, like all work trucks, it would be no time at all to look dirty and sun-faded, they left the assembly-line as clean glossy vehicles. Like all his other model trucks, Larry (my twin brother) is only interested in vehicles as new, and therefore wanted his model to look as it may have just been factory completed. Attached is a factory pic of the Jiefang CA10 yard full of civilian tracks out in the dusty sunshine, waiting for delivery
  12. The original inspiration for this hot rod came from the nicely done plastic soft top from a Russian toy Model A. I wanted to build a 2-door phaeton but all the 1/25 or 1/24 Model A or Deuce tub toy or kit bodies available are 4-door models and since ’31 was the last year for Ford to build a 2-door (actually a 2 door ’32 ford was available in Australia) , I decided to use a ’31 body and transform it into the 2 door version. Like many builders of full size Model A hot rods, I much prefer the look of the softer looking Deuce grille and hood, so I also decided to use one of my parts bin Revell/Monogram deuce roadsters for grille, hood, headlights, windshield frame (now chopped slightly), rear fuel tank with frame horns, valve covers, and running-board rubber. The small-block Chevy motor has also been modified and detailed from one that was in my parts bin, as are the steering front axle and Revell ’55 Chevy rear axle. Fabricated details include my usual polished brass radiator, the opening hinged doors (tin sheet and styrene), the individual leaf semi-elliptic transverse springs and shackles, the polished tubing exhaust system, the plated wire grille surround, the simulated roll-n-pleat upholstery panels, and the lathe-turned spare tire cover. The wheels are Pegasus chrome-reverse on parts bin tires, and Model Car Garage supplied the PE Deuce grill insert, gauge- cluster, tear-drop tail-lights, and license plate frame. Paint is custom mixed basecoat/clearcoat.
  13. Following is in Larry's own words: Around 30 years ago, I obtained basic reference to a late '50s Chinese manufactured Jiefang CA10.truck. The tooling for the truck had been obtained from the Russian ZIS, which, in turn, was based closely on the American K Series International, many of which had been sent to Russia through ‘lend lease’ during WW2. Somehow, I became focused on that Jiefang vehicle and, over the years, managed to collect additional reference as well as various diecast versions in 1/24, 1/32, 1/43, and 1/64 scale. Last year I purchased an impressive 1/12 scale RC (radio controlled) King Kong toy in kit form.... minus any of the electrical or transmitter based components, with the express intention of converting the RC toy into a more proportionate and detailed 'high end' static display model. With a good deal of reference in hand, much of the early aspect of the project focused on more accurately proportioning the cab (windows, fenders, etc.), I installed properly hinged doors with functioning handle latches, more finely hinged hood assembly, a hinged opening left hand (driver's) windshield including pivoting windshield wiper (as on the full size vehicle), a pop-up cowl vent, detailed dash board with opening glove box door, a complete and fully detailed firewall, radiator, dual horns, and actual fine leatherette applied to formed seat cushions, etc. Of note, the entire 'drive train' …engine, transmission, external brake and safety brake components, etc. have been fully scratch built. A working worm and sector steering box (with its accompanying Pittman arm and drag-link) and a proportionately accurate fuel tank (with its lines and filter) have also been scratch built along with various other chassis components too numerous to mention. The model now has all its belts, hoses, electrical lines, re-proportioned/ lengthened drive shafts, 8 holed wheels, etc. Paint is mostly automotive basecoat/clearcoat with assorted Dupli-color automotive touch-up applied to chassis, wheels, motor, etc. Materials used are styrene and ABS plastic, aluminum, rubber, vinyl, soldered brass, and assorted steel fasteners. There is no zinc diecast material on this model
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